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Gambia: Trump Administration Sanctions Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [Details Inside]

The United States has decided to punish former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. The Trump administration accused him of looting at least $ 50 million of public funds before leaving office in January. He hardly left power after losing elections. It was following pressure from West African mediators who sent troops to his country that he gave in. He now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

 Yahya Jammeh

The White House has decided to punish 15 personalities who have, according to official reports, violated human rights. Among them, former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. There is also a business associate of Congolese President Joseph Kabila and an assistant to South Sudanese chief Salva Kiir.

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It was the US Treasury Department’s Foreign Assets Control Office that unveiled the list. They include sanctioned foreign personalities and entities: all their property and bank accounts in the US are seized . 

In addition to freezing their assets, the US also prohibits their nationals from having economic exchanges with them .

A statement from the US Treasury states that during his 22 years in power, he had “a history of serious human rights violations and corruption”.

Jammeh created a climate of terror and assassination called the Junglers led by him. Jammeh used Junglers to threaten, terrorize, interrogate and kill individuals he believed to be threats.During his tenure, Jammeh used a number of corrupt schemes to loot the Gambian state’s coffers or otherwise siphon state funds to enrich himself. Ongoing investigations continue to reveal the large-scale theft of Jammeh before his departure.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained the new policy, saying the US wanted to “take a firm stand against human rights violations and corruption around the world by excluding these bad actors from the US financial system.” “.

“The Treasury freezes their assets and publicly denounces the blatant acts they have committed, sending a message that there is a high price to pay for their deeds. “

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